P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Launching The 25th Anniversary PD Soros OpEd Project Public Voices Fellowship

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is accepting applications for the Public Voices Fellowship, in partnership with The OpEd Project. The year-long Fellowship provides a cohort of twenty Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows thought leaders, the majority of whom will be underrepresented (including women), with extraordinary support, leadership skills and knowledge to ensure their ideas shape not only their fields, but also the greater public conversations of our age.
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The application deadline is March 16, and an application form may be found here. The Fellowship is only open to Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows, 

About: The Public Voices Fellowship in partnership with The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is part of The OpEd Project’s prestigious national initiative to change who writes history. The internationally acclaimed curriculum and method explore leadership, power, and action in an unfair world. Using time tested methods of transformational learning, fellows explore how credibility works, how ideas spread, when and why minds change, and how ideas play out over time and space. This program will engage selected fellows in intense, results-oriented thinking and activities around their own knowledge and impact. It will provide the inside information, high-level support and media connections to become influential on a large scale. Other participating institutions include Yale, Dartmouth, Northwestern, The Ford Foundation, and more. Fellows will join a national network of peers, allowing for knowledge-sharing and innovation across institutions.

Impact: The Public Voices Fellowship has a track record of stunning results, generating personal, professional, and public outcomes with far-reaching implications. Fellows have published opeds in high-impact venues and gone on to publish history-changing books. They have briefed Congress, advised the White House, launched new research studies and centers, and sparked national and international debate. They have written books, collaborated on research grants, and driven policy change. The resulting impact of their ideas entering public consciousness has been expansive and is hard to overstate.

Logistics: Fellows participate in four convenings (day-long or half-day), scheduled at two-three month intervals. Attendance at every convening is required. Fellows are also assigned to work with veteran journalist mentors for dedicated one-on-one coaching throughout the year. In addition, fellows will have periodic opportunities to join calls with public thinkers and influencers and will receive weekly customized email support and news alerts. Upon completion of the fellowship, they will have access to a powerful network of peers, as well as to The OpEd Project's national network of high-level journalist mentors.


  • 20 PD Soros Fellows from all class years and disciplines
  • One-year fellowship (9 months coaching + 3 months resources)
  • Fellows commit to writing and submitting a minimum of two opinion pieces (op-eds) and are welcome to focus on developing their voice around the topic(s) of their choice
  • Four themed virtual convenings around thought leadership & knowledge:
    • First convening: May 3, 4, 5, 2023 - 12 pm to 3:30 pm ET each day
    • Second convening: July 12 and 13, 2023 – 12 pm to 3:30 pm ET each day
    • Third convening: November 8 and 9, 2023 – 12 pm to 3:30 pm ET each day
    • Fourth convening: January 10 and 11, 2024 – 12 pm to 3:30 pm ET each day
  • Attendance at all convenings is required. 
  • Dedicated coaching and editing from top journalist mentors (weekly/regular)
  • Access to weekly webinars and monthly expert talks with senior media insiders
  • Follow up access to the Op-Ed Project’s pool of journalist mentors, post-fellowship
  • The OpEd Project requires that at least 51% of cohort members in the program identify as women


The Public Voices Fellowship is an initiative launched by The OpEd Project in partnership with leading universities, foundations, and mission-aligned organizations across the globe. Additional information may be found at the following sites:

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What’s it like? Watch a short video: Public Voices Fellowship at Emory University

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